Wednesday, October 02, 2013

I am the Goddess of Light

...but it may not be exactly as glamorous as it sounds.

As the second book in the Stella Steinar series is releasing (author: me) and as I type this post, I'm feeling a teensy bit overwhelmed.  A total type A personality, well known for my superior ability to super-duper multi-task, I absolutely refuse to admit I've taken on too much.  Even now.  What I do instead is embrace the challenge and thrive on juggling tasks that may seem stressful to the average gal.

Now...if I were to add children into this equation I'd be totally screwed.  It might change my whole attitude about the situation.  I need to give props to the parents out there who manage to do anything outside of raising their kids and make it look easy.  But I don't have kids, only a dog-child, so let me get back to the point.

I used to call myself the Princess of Power, a name borrowed from one of my favorite tough chics,  She-Ra the warrior princess.  Well, I've given myself a new title: T., Goddess of Light.  I know...has a ring to it, right?  Sounds a little ethereal and 'Game of Thrones-ish'.  Could be why I love it so much (total G of T nerd, here).  But, it's not what you think.  Let me explain.

See, aside from working a full time regular gig job, and aside from writing, editing and promoting a new book, I've got my hands a tad full with another project.  A really big one.  I'm building a house.  Okay.  I know what you're thinking...'Oh, must be tough.  She's slaving over choosing cabinets and paint colours.  Boo hoo.  Poor thing (not)'.  Oh my dears, you are soooo mistaken.  And unless you've actually built a home from architectural concept through to the end, you will never comprehend how it consumes your life.  I haven't touched a piece of clay in over four months and as a dedicated amateur potter it's killing me.  I haven't made a single appearance at my book club and let's not even suggest the idea of reading a book.  I miss my friends!  I haven't had my hair cut in four months--come on!  Who has time to sit still that long?  I've resorted to self-snipping at home which sounds like a very bad idea but, hey! It gets rid of the really frizzy bits that show the most.  Sorry Rita.  Rita is my hairdresser and probably thinks I've abandoned her for another stylist.  Totally not the case.  My dog gives me sad eyes every time I rush him through a shortened walk only to breeze out the door to meet a contractor. Poor Chico!  My husband and I lay awake at night discussing roofing, siding, tools and budgets now instead of planning holidays or Sunday meals or whatever else we used to talk about (or do--ahem).  In fact, I'm beginning to forget what my life used to be like while I also wonder what's going on in the world outside of my little book/build bubble.  News?  What is that?

Breaking Bad was my only escape--60 minutes every week.  Even though I did sneak in book and house stuff during commercial breaks (yay for iPad).  But now that BB is finished forever (*sigh* Farewell Mr. White.  I freaking loved that show), I fear I may slip away from reality completely.  Okay.  I might be a bit dramatic here.

But when things seem bleak I remind myself: I am T., Goddess of Light!  I have the power to control electricity.  Now you're thinking, 'Okay, I get it.  She's really psyched up over her light fixtures.'  Um, stop right there. It's way more than just that.  I have POWER!  Real power.  Where do I want this light to be?  Do I want it moved an inch or two, this way, that way?  Perfect!  How bright do I want it to be?  Maybe I should add another light here.  Why not?  Heck, make it two, make it three.  Give me light, man!  But wait.  How will I control this light?  Where do I prefer to place the switch?  I can put it anywhere I please, ANYwhere I tell you!  And not just in one place.  Oh no, no sir.  I can control this light from multiple locations.  Single switches are for the powerless.  I need more switches!  I can turn any light in this house on or off from the cozy comfort of my bedside.  (I might be exaggerating again, but it sounds cool, right?). Who needs the Clapper when I have the power of LIGHT!?  On.  Off. Bright or dimmed low.  Dim a few or dim them all!  I merely think of controlling any given light  and it is done.  The power is at my fingertips.  I say "light" and there is light.

*slowly return to the present moment...slowly, now*

I'm an electrician's daughter.  So I know things.  I know what's possible and impossible while wiring a home.  My electrician loves me (or hates me?).  I create work where work should not exist.  Yes, I feel a little guilty about it.  A little.  Being the Goddess of Light is a thankless job.

Oh, did I mention that Volume 2 in the Stella Steinar series, Stella Nova: Defender of the One, has just released?  Please excuse the tangents.  This is how my mind works.  You can find my book(s) at the following links.  Please contact me for questions, comments, interviews, whatever.  I'll make time for you.  You may, however, be asked to visit my job site and wear a hard hat and steel toed boots.


Sunday, April 14, 2013

Book 2 Cover Art Sneak Peek

My cover artist has done it again.  He's created a masterpiece.  I begged him to let me preview the new cover for Stella Nova, book 2, because I was so excited I just had to share it with you.  He may do some minor fine tuning before it goes to print and he's still working on the back cover and spine.  I am so amazed by his talent.  He is able to take my vision, add his own style, and bring it to life.  Incredible!  I can't thank him enough.

So enjoy....and give me some feedback!

Thursday, March 07, 2013

Re-Release Date!

Official Release Date
MONAD The Awakening of Stella Steinar
(new edition)
Book 1 in the Stella Steinar Series

Saturday, March 9, 2013
8 a.m.

Links will be posted later to find your favorite way of reading.

Saturday, February 16, 2013

365 Days of Truth

Day 365.

It’s the last day.  I hope you’re not expecting some kind of grand finale.  If you were, I’m sorry.  I'd considered it, but I just couldn’t come up with anything spectacular or highly insightful.  I don't mean to disappoint you, but the truth is, I’m not much closer to finding the truth than I was 364 days ago.  It’s elusive.  It’s constantly morphing.  It’s subjective.  And while it may set you free, it might also lock a ball and chain around your ankle and throw away the key.  

I’ve discovered a few things about myself during all this.  Telling the truth is easy, but sometimes requires a significant amount of restraint to preserve the sanity of others.  I’ve told some untruths in my day, as we all have.  At times over this past year I've been overcome with a desire to come clean and ask for forgiveness.  But at what cost?  Sure, it might ease my own conscience, but afterward, would it even change anything?  Does the past really need reconciling?  Probably not.  Probably best to take what I’ve learned and move forward.  I have grown more aware of truth and the times at which it can be used in a constructive manner.  I’m more able to step back from a situation and remove emotion to see what the truth of the matter is in a given moment.  Not always, mind you, but better than I was able to before.  Yes, I know I may seem scattered to others, but the truth is I see things more clearly than ever and hope to continue this progression long after this.

So now to the ultimate question.  What is truth, you ask?  After 365 days of devoted studying and searching for it…the truth is, I don’t know.  It’s a concept.  A personal and intimate look into one’s soul to know what is at the core of your being.  It’s different for everyone.  So don’t expect me to tell you what it is or what it means.  If you’re interested enough, maybe you should begin your own search.  But I’m warning you…it’s often times maddening and will most likely become an obsession.  Be ready for what you'll discover because it has a slight potential to reveal a dark side, a part of yourself that might be difficult to face.  But most of the time, the search for truth is enlightening.  Seductive.  And beautiful.  Beautiful enough for me to never give up the hunt.  The truth is out there.  I will find it in the end.

If you'd like to review my 365 Days of Truth, you can find all the posts at this link to my facebook page.  One post for every day of the year!

Monday, January 28, 2013

New Edition of MONAD Set to Release!

No, you're not imagining things.  The title of Book 1 in the Stella Steinar Series was originally called MONAD 12.21.12: The Awakening of Stella Steinar.  But hey, we're still here.  Time to move on.

Taking the advice of my publisher, we decided to edit Book 1 and release a new edition.  If you've read the story, I think you'll agree it's strong even without the date.  Most of the reviews have been focused more on the reincarnation theme, where the hook is the strongest.  I took the opportunity to polish up the writing and develop some of the scenes that were lacking in the original.  I think you'll find it a smooth, easy read.

MONAD: The Awakening of Stella Steinar is set to release by early March, followed shortly by the long-awaited sequel, Stella Nova.  Look for updates here or on the Facebook Fan Page.  In the meantime, you can admire the work of my artist, Corrie Gray.  And you can read the back cover revised synopsis, then let me know what you think.

I still have some hard copies of the original Book 1 for signing.  It will become a collector's edition.  You can follow the link to my website if you'd like to place an order.